Imbolc and Lammas Gathering Sunday, February 2, 2020

Any Witch or Pagan is welcome to come celebrate Imbolc and Lammas with us. Everyone attending needs to stay until the rituals for both hemispheres are done. It is up to you if want to do both rituals. For these Sabbats we are doing something new the sacred circles and Watchtowers will be called and dismissed for each hemisphere. We ask that you do not print these rituals out but you are welcome to bookmark them for future use.

NORTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT IMBOLC: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS GAIA AND GOD AENGUS OG  Written and Led by our novice Melinda.

SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE – RITUAL FOR THE SABBAT LAMMAS: IN HONOR OF THE GODDESS HARVEST MOTHER AND GOD LUGH Written and Led by our adept Dawn of the Day

WHEN:

Northern Hemisphere –

Sunday, February 2, 2020

Chatroom opens at 3:00 PM CT

Circle will be cast at 4:00 PM CT

Southern Hemisphere –

Monday, February 3, 2020

Chatroom opens at 8:00 AM AEDT

Circle will be cast at 9:00 AM AEDT

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

If you have applied to be in the chatroom and have not received a reply yet, it will come to you at least 5 minutes before the circle is cast on Sunday. No approval for entering the chatroom when we are only 5 minutes away from casting the circle to begin the Imbolc and Lammas Rituals.

RITUALS:

EVERYONE: Set up your altar before the ritual starts. Placing an object represents .each of the elements so they form a pentagram.

In the upper right-hand point of the pentagram –

Air: Dream catcher, feather, incense, any object that you are drawn too

Lower right-hand point of the Pentagram

Fire: A symbol of the Sun, red or orange candle, a picture of a fire.

Lower left-hand point of the Pentagram

Earth: gnome, a bowl of salt or dirt, or object of your choice

Upper right-hand point of the Pentagram:

Water: Seashell, a bowl of water, any type of sea creature, object of your choosing

Top point of the Pentagram Spirit:

Angel Statue or whatever represents the element of Spirit to you.

Goddess: Goddess candle will be on the right side of altar decorate in color of green. You can also use green crystals in place of the candle which are green calcite, amber. Fragrances can be used such as honeysuckle or cypress, or any flower, or a picture of Gaia.

God: Gods candle will be on left side of altar decorate it in the colors of Green, pink, or red. You can also use crystals such as Rose Quartz, Peridot, Copper. Incense such as Sandal wood, Rose, or Lavender, Or a picture or statue of the God Aengus.

Casting the Circle:

Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.

EVERYONE: Face your altar and touch what is representing the Goddess and say:

“Gaia, our mother, You who nourishes all living things I honor and pray to thee, guide us and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”

Now touch what is representing the God and say:

Aegnus, God of love, youth, and poetic inspiration, guide us from this day forward and thank you for the promise of the return of Spring.”

(Now light the incense or candle if you are using one)

Mediate for 1 minute to allow the rise of power from the Goddess and God

When you have meditated for a minute with the God and/or Goddess please type “DONE”

Opening the Circle:

To the Guardians of the West, Archangel Gabriel:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.

To the Guardians of the South, Archangel Michael:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..

To the Guardians of the East, Archangel Raphael:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us..

To the Guardians of the North, Uriel:

We dismiss you from our Watchtower and thank you for protecting us.

Raven Spiritwalker: We walk this circle counter-clockwise three times asking that all who are in it or outside of it be kept safe and no harm to no one.

(You can go back and commune with the Gods and/or Goddesses from one or both rituals after the Southern Hemisphere circle is opened)

Remember to offer a bite to the God and Goddess of your favorite snack and drink to give thanks to the God and Goddess. 

Lammas ritual

Lammas is known as the 1st of the 3 harvest festivals, it is still a time of hot intense sun but the days are starting to get shorter.  The grain is starting to ripen in the fields along with some of the fruits on the apple trees.

The goddess is pregnant and the god is still very strong but slowly weakening as we move into fall.  The animals are fattening for the winter slaughter and there is a push to start the process of storing food away for the lean months but at this time the days are still easy

Items needed for the ritual:

Apples, grapes, bread

gold or yellow cloth

sunflowers or raw wheat

Incense sandalwood and frankincense

Have a candle on your altar to represent the Harvest Mother — choose something in orange, red or yellow.

Corn husk or two

Place symbols of your craft or skill on the altar—a notebook, your special paints for artists, a pen for writers, other tools of your creativity. To represent the god Lugh

Please decorate your altar properly with a yellow or gold cloth, a nice sunflower and or a sheath of wheat, maybe an apple or a few grapes and/or a loaf of bread. This is to represent the sun  in the yellow or orange cloth.   A goblet of ritual wine is optional.

EVERYONE IN SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE: We open the ritual with the walking around the circle 3 times in a counter clockwise direction.  We first point at the ground with our dominate hand asking the earth for its power to make this circle secure for the work we are to do here.  We walk a second time with our dominate hand outstretched at shoulder level asking water to secure our circle and finally we walk a third time with our hand pointed to the ceiling asking  air to help secure our circle and the work that we do here.  We finally say what is above is below and what is below is above we have created a circle to protect ourselves while we do our work may we harm no one and may no one harm.

Starting in the west and while touching the item that represents the west say watchtower of the west please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Next is the south and while touching the item that represents the south say watchtower of the south please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Next the east and while touching the item that represents the east say watchtower of the east please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Finally in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say watchtower of the north please help us with our circle today and protect us as we do our work

Light the candle, and say:

The wheel of the year is upon use

The food is plentiful and soil fertile

With this ritual we ask for the blessings

Of the Mother of the harvest

In honor of the Harvest we now will make a representation of the goddess using your corn husk and once the ritual is over please leave it on your altar to honor the goddess.

PLEASE READ THE DIRECTIONS BEFORE THE GATHERING AND PRINT THEM OUT OR TAKE NOTES SO YOU KNOW HOW TO MAKE IT.

Here is an example of how to make a corn husk doll

When you are done please type the word “DONE”

 

Now we will finish our ritual.  Point to the ceiling with your dominate hand and walk in a counter clockwise direction and say thank you air for your protection of our circle.  Now at shoulder level walk around the circle in a counter clock wise manner and thank water for the protection of our circle.  Finally point to the ground and walk in a counter clockwise manner thanking earth for protecting our circle.  Finally raise your hands above your head bring them down and point your palms at the ground and send any extra energy into the earth to help and heal our Mother.  End with the comment our circle is now open but it is never broken our work is done now may everyone go in peace.

Starting in the north and while touching the item that represents the north say Thank you to the watchtower of the north for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Next is the east and while touching the item that represents the east say Thank you to the watchtower of the east for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Now the South and while touching the item that represents the south say Thank you to the watchtower of the south for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Finally is the west and while touching the item that represents the west say Thank you to the watchtower of the west for helping us with our circle and you may leave if you must but stay if you like

Blessed Be

Please enjoy some of the gifts from your altar, take a sip of the wine some of the bread etc.  Make sure you have enough, to enjoy the treats, also that you can leave some on the altar but also make sure you share some with the creatures of nature.  As you eat of your sacrifices remember and meditate on how the cycle of life goes from the seed to the plant and then back to seed to start all over again just like the wheel of the year continues to cycle through birth, adolescents, maturity, age, death and then of course rebirth.

References for Lammas ritual:

https://witchesofthecraft.com/tag/lammas-ritual/

Wicca Wheel of the Year Lisa Chamberlain pgs 88-95

https://www.learnreligions.com/setting-up-your-lammas-lughnasadh-altar-2562171

https://www.almanac.com/content/seasonal-crafts-cornhusk-doll

 

WOTC and CL Websites and Coven’s Combined Logo

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I am going to use this as the combined logo for WOTC, Coven Life, and Heart’s Spirit Coven as all threes logo as part of a letterhead, places that ask for our logo online, etc.

I picked the Tree of Life because to me not only does it represent As Above, So Below but also how 2 separate websites are coming together as one through the Heart’s Spirit Coven. All who read and/or follow Witches of The Craft and Coven Life whether you practice as a Solitary or in a face to face pagan group are a student with Coven Life, etc you are welcome to join me and the rest of Heart’s Spirit Coven for Open Chats, Esbat and Sabbat celebration gatherings. We do not follow a pure Wiccan path but a path of many different traditions so we are a eclectic coven of Solitary Witches and students who come together for gatherings and to chat.

As you can see WOTC is in yellow for Sun light, Coven Life is in blue for Life Giving water, both of which nourish learning and work together to form Heart’s Spirit Coven and Coven Life’s Witchcraft School. Please let me know over the next week whether or not you like this as a logo or not. If not, please give me you suggestions on what you think a good logo would look like combining the 2 websites and coven

Continuation of the story ….

I met my girlfriend when she facebooked me and asked about the rumors of me being transgender. As we talked more and more she said she wouldnt mind dating a transgender  person if I was interested so we got to know one another and she invited me to Indy Pagan Day where her coven was putting on a ritual.  It sounded like a good time and I was exploring alternate religions so I went out and attended the event and also attended her ritual.  I enjoyed the pomp and circumstance of the ritual  coming from a Catholic background and it increased my interest in pagan holidays and esbats.  We talked later and I let her know I would be willing to attend another ritual as they did most of their rituals publicly if her.

The next open ritual that they had was Samain and I was hooked, we attended the ritual I enjoyed myself as far as the learning process went and enjoyed the other people in the group.  After this ritual though things started going south for me and the girlfriend and we broke up right before Yule and because of this I only attended one ritual with her coven.  At the time I was hoping to continue the process with her coven but as the timed passed I saw that this was not going to be possible because of the drama.

This caused me to explore other options for my spirituality and I found an online coven to belong to for my education and a guild in a different city for my socialization.  I still do almost nothing witchy in Indianapolis, Indiana because I do not want to run the chance of running into my ex girlfriend.

I have written before on the differences between a guild and a coven and would be more than willing to answer questions in either area.  I will also take question on my transgender journey.  Hope everyone has a wonderful day, sun has come out here, and it is fairly warm for the end of December

Dawn of the Day

Full Moon Esbat Gathering on Thursday, December 12, 2019

The Esbat ritual this month was written by Adept Dawn of the Day and Novice Luna Llena. We welcome all witches and/or pagans from any tradition especially if you are a solitary practitioner and would like to meet some other brothers and sister of The Old Ways/The Craft.

WHEN:

Elder Moon (Full Moon) Esbat Gathering

Thursday December 12, 2019

Social Hour 6:00 to 6:59 PM CT

Circle Cast at 7:00 PM CT

Please do not enter the chat room after the circle has been cast. The reason being is we have students casting and leading the circle as part of their learning and this could break the circle causing it to have to be recast. Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

WHERE:

Heart’s Spirit Coven Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

1 small white candle – 4 inches tall
Candle Holder
Matches
Small to Medium Size Bowl of Water
Cookie or Cracker
Beverage of Your Choice
For the Northern Hemisphere Include on your Altar

1 Small Dead Twig from the ground – Symbolizing Death as we approach Yule
1 Piece of Fruit – Symbolizing Renewal as we approach what will come in the Spring

For the Southern Hemisphere Include on your altar

Some Flowers, or Fruit – Symbolize the Abundance of the Summer

Elder Moon – Esbat Ritual

Adept Dawn: We call the watch tower of the East and ask Auriel to help protect this circle and empower the work within our circle.

We call the watchtower of the South and inviting Gabriel to protect the circle and empower our work within the circle.

We call Raphael for the West and to protect the western part of the circle and empower our work within the circle

We call Michael to the watchtower of the North to protect the North part of the circle and also empower our work within the circle.

I will now draw the circle by starting in the East and point at the ground first and
walk clockwise saying I close this circle with Earth so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle. I would then point to the ceiling and say I close this circle with Air so that no harm may come to anyone inside this circle, then I would out stretch arm at shoulder level and invoke Fire by saying I close this circle with Fire so that no harm may come to anyone inside or outside of this circle.  Finally, I would say what is above is below what is east is also west and what is north is south we are now enclosed in an orb of light and empowered to do our work within the circle.  I will then walk the circle one more time touching each of the elements starting with a Feather to represent the East and Air, a Candle to represent the South and Fire, a Bowl of  Water to represent the West and Water and then Earth in the North we welcome and thank you for helping us with this circle.

We would welcome the goddess (Isis) and the god (Odin) to the circle and thanking them for attending and helping us with our work.

Everyone: Please tell us your name and where you live –  your first name or pagan name and just the country or state only please

Novice Luna: I will ask everyone to turn to their altar with open arms. Tilt your head back, look at the sky/ceiling and say –

Elder Moon give us your light and
Guide us in this ritual
We ask for your eternal knowledge as
We light this candle to fulfill this rite
Remembering the gifts that you so freely give us
We pray
So mote it be
Novice Luna: At this time light the Elder Moon candle and take a few minutes to reflect on what you accomplished this year and the challenges you have faced, what you have discarded and what you have kept, the changes you wish to make and the future you perceive. Give thanks to the entities of the pure white light for the guidance they have given us as we honor the last full moon of the year, the Elder Moon

Everyone: Hold the water receptacle to the sky and say:

Bless this water so that it nurtures us
God Odin and Goddess Isis guide us as we journey the cycle of life
As we experience the challenges and changes we make daily
As we try to live a life harmonious with the universe that surrounds us
So Mote it Be
Adept Dawn:  We say to the god Odin thank you for working with the circle today you can go if he must or stay if you would like. We say to the goddess Isis thank you for working with the circle you may stay if you would like or go if you must.

We would dismiss the watchtowers starting with the North.  We thank Michael for coming to this circle you may go if you must or stay if you like.

Moving to the West We thank Raphael for coming and protecting this circle you may go if you must or stay if you would like,

We would then thank Gabriel for coming to the circle say you may go if you would like or stay if you want

Auriel with the words of thanks for coming to the circle say you may go if you must  or stay if you like.
I would then hold my arm out and rotating counter clockwise thank fire for protecting the circle and please return from where they came.  I would then point to the ceiling and rotate counter clockwise and thank air for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came and finally pointing to the ground rotate counter clockwise and then the earth for helping us with the circle today and to please return from where they came. I would then raise my arms over my head and slowly bringing them down and point to the ground with open hands toward the earth to release the rest of the energy.
The circle is now open but never broken all my brothers and sisters please go in peace and in the safety of the gods and goddesses.

Snack, drink, relax

covens vs guilds

Lady B wanted me to spend some time musing about my early path on coven life.  I tried to tell her its all early as I have only been on the path for 2 years, lol. Like usual though she didnt listen and in her own way she said “get to writing lady, before i make this one of your required lessons,” lol

Right now i belong to 2 pagan organization one is the coven with lady B and the other is a Guild which is based in Lafayette Indiana.  I actually joined the coven first and then about 2 months later joined the guild.  The coven is where i get my learning and the wiccan path is my chosen path.  The coven is stricter with how rituals are done and is more systematic with the calling of quarters and watch towers and the inviting of deity’s into the circle.  I have also been to a face to face coven and they are even more strict but thats for another post.  The coven also does classes in a more organized manner with everything written out and the lessons that build on one another.

So if the coven is my chosen path why u might ask did i decide to join a guild also,  It was for the face to face conversation and worshiping.  It was for the interaction with members and helping the members through life troubles, helping to lead and education pagans on the wiccan path.  The guild is made up of all types of pagans, and most are walking their path solo or maybe with just one or two other people.  The rituals are very general bc of this, ie we dont have enough say wiccans to celebrate only with a wiccan ritual so we will generalize the ritual taking bits from many different paths.  This is the same with the lessons, in the guild.  These lessons are called study sessions, and they can be about almost anything pagan and its what the priestess thinks you are in need of at this time.  It can be your path or it can be someone elses path.  The guild makes sure you are well rounded in many paths so you can help the other members who are struggling.

So in conclusion I feel a witch needs to be well rounded and know not only the path that they are on but also bits of other paths bc somewhere down the road it may become important not only to you but to a friend or neighbor.  Also face to face worship is important and the talking and discussing different thoughts and ideas over a cup of coffee can be very enlightening.  I also think a witch should find her basis and know as much as possible about it so she has a strong foundation to work off of as she not only helps others but also follows her path.  Any questions please ask

 

Dawn of the Day

Ceremonies for Saturday, September 28th Gathering

COMBINED WICCANING AND JUMPING THE BROOM TO NEW PHASE IN YOUR LIFE

WHEN:

N. H. SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 28, 2019

MEET AND VISIT FROM 6:00 TO 6:55 PM CDT

SACRED CIRCLE CAST AT 7:00 PM CDT

S. H. SUNDAY 28 SEPTEMBER 2019

MEET AND VISIT FROM 9:00 TO 9: 55 AM AEST

SACRED CIRCLE CAST AT 10:00 AM AEST

A note for our guests: The High Priestess of Coven Life’s Coven welcomes you to our special gathering. We thank you for coming to support our coven member that invited you. We invite you to ask any question about the gathering either before or after the circle has been cast. In other words, before we begin the ceremonies until after we are done. Please join in the meet and greet before and after the ritual circle. Please do not “talk” except when asked to respond once the circle has been cast. We ask that you do not talk about what you see here this evening/morning except with the person that invited you to join us. Thank you for your consideration.

When I say come into the middle of our circle imagine that you are surrounded by everyone else in attendance standing in front of me in the center.

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

If you are jumping the broom –

Either your Besom or a Regular Broom

1 4-inch candle  the color you need for your stage

Matches or Lighter

Candle Holder

EVERYONE including guests: A small glass of chalice filled with the beverage of your choice any beverage except hard liquor is allowed during any ritual and as an offering. Wine or Beer is acceptable. Whatever sweet or small snack you prefer.

White for Maiden/Young Man (If you are a virgin, just began your monthly woman’s cycle, or still feel like you are an adolescent you are in this stage of your life)

Red for Mother or Father (even if you have no 2 or 4 legged children but have your monthly woman’s cycle. For men if you can sire a child, You belong in this phase of your life)

Black for Crone or Wizard (if your children are grown and you feel that you can pass wisdom down to those younger than you and can help mentor young witches with their studies. You belong in this phase of your life)

Engrave your name on your candle. The name can be one you picked for this phase of your life or your given name.

LADY BELTANE CALLS THE WATCHTOWERS: Facing the East – I call Air into the East Tower where the Sun rises, the element that controls powers of wonder and imagination, clarity in communication to protect our sacred circle and lend us your power, understanding, and protection.

Facing the South – I call Fire into the South Tower which controls the powers of passion, determination, courage, and devotion to protect our sacred circle and lend us your power understanding and protection.

Facing the West: I call Water into the West Tower which controls the powers of love, compassion, and all feelings to protect our sacred circle and lend us your power, understanding, and protection.

Facing the North: I call Earth into the North Tower which controls fertility, all growing things, strength, and grounding to protect our sacred circle and lend us your power, understanding, and protection.

LADY BELTANE CASTS THE CIRCLE: Each time the circle is walked it is started at the East Cardinal Point and ends in 2 to 3 steps from where each circle is started –

With the Atheme pointed at the ground – I close this circle with the element of Fire that all within it may be safe,

With the Atheme between waist and shoulder level – I close this circle with the element of Water that all within it may be safe

With the Atheme between waist and shoulder level – I close this circle with the element of Water that all within it may be safe

Lady Beltane faces the North and bends down slightly – I bring up the element of Earth to close this circle that all within it may be safe

Standing facing the altar – With hands raised palms upward bring them down in an arch first North and South then East and West – I close this circle with the element of Spirit that all within it may be safe.

Turning slowly in a clockwise direction “As above, so below. As within, so without. I transport us to a place that has no time and is not a specific place. We are in another dimension within this circle.” (Sets Atheme on Altar)

LADY BELTANE: I welcome my coven and our guests to tonight’s very special gathering with open arms and in perfect love and perfect trust.

Coven: Answer with “I am first or pagan name only from State or Country Only  and I have entered this circle in perfect love and perfect trust”

Guests: if you feel comfortable in sharing your first name and what state or country you live in please type it the information and hit the enter key for it to go into the feed

JUMPING THE BROOM

No matter which life phase you are entering you will stand to the left side of your broom and jump or walk over it to stand on the right side. Light your candle immediately after jumping the broom. Set the burning candle in a safe place allowing it to burn down completely. This seals your new life phase. After this is done you are starting a new phase of your life.

Each life phase group: One at a time please state your name and the life phase.  When your turn comes you will have one additional question to answer before you jump the broom. Please type in done after your jump so the next person can do theirs.

Coven members and guests that are going to declare themselves a Maiden or Warrior please step into the middle of our circle. Maidens and Warriors if you do not feel you are ready to take this step in your life this evening then please take your place back into the circle. Lady Beltane will call you one at a time to jump the broom.

MAIDEN AND WARRIOR: Please state your name and the name you wish to go by at this stage of your life.

LADY BELTANE: You come into this circle to become a Maiden who has had her first monthly blood to declare yourself eligible for dating and marriage. You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

LADY BELTANE: You come into this circle to become a Warrior who has gone through puberty to declare yourself eligible for dating and marriage. You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven and guests, please.

 LADY BELTANE: May the journey you travel in this lifetime be filled with positive, things, beauty, and love. Maidens and Warriors please step back into the circle.

Coven Members and guests that are going to declare themselves as a Mother or Father please step forward into the middle of our circle. Maidens and Warriors if you do not feel you are ready to take this next step in your life this evening then please take your place back into the circle. Lady Beltane will call you one at a time to jump the broom

 

LADY BELTANE: You come into this circle as a Maiden or Warrior to now become a Mother or Father. You are in the prime of your life being fully ready to take on all the responsibilities that comes with working a job, nurturing a loving relationship with your significant other or are looking for that right someone to share your life with, at this time you are the most fertile to bring a new life in the world if you chose to, you have matured enough to start a career and family. And wise enough to know when to ask for help from a person with more experience than you with whatever task you are trying to do. If you do not feel you are ready to take this step in your life this evening then please take your place back into the circle. Lady Beltane will call you one at a time to jump the broom

MOTHER AND FATHER: Please state your name and the name you wish to go by at this stage of your life.

LADY BELTANE: You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

 Lady Beltane: You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

 LADY BELTANE: This phase of your life comes with many challenges but with common sense, perseverance, and maybe some help from a friend or one of your fellow coven members or an Elder you will make it through it. This phase of your life will probably have some very big highs – like marriage or having a baby or buying you first house or car, etc. But it also will have some very low points – The possibility of a friend dying young or middle age for no apparent reason, your children growing up and leaving home, etc. May you be blessed with attaining all the things you work so hard to get. May you teach your children the importance of helping Mother Earth, especially picking up trash that could hurt one of our fellow creatures. Most of all I give you a blessing of patience because you will need it in many different situations. Mother’s and Father’s please step back into the circle.

LADY BELTANE: Will those who are going from Mother or Father into the wiser years of their lives and are declaring themselves as a Crone or a Wizard please step into the middle of the circle. You have come to a point in your life where if you have children, they are fully grown either living on their own and may have a family of their own. With this phase of your life, you can be or coming close to being retired. It is your responsibility to teach the younger generation in your blood family your family’s history. In the coven, you should be able to be called upon to help and guide our younger witches, to step in to lead the coven when our High Priestess is not able to. It is your duty to share your years of knowledge not just face to face or through emails but through imparting it on our coven’s website. This is also the time in your life that you have the time after you retire from a regular job to go out and enjoy Mother Earth more or start doing things you could not do when you had the duties and responsibilities of the Maiden/Young Man or Mother/Father phases in this lifetime if you do not feel you are ready to take this step in your life this evening then please take your place back into the circle. Lady Beltane will call you one at a time to jump the broom.

CRONES AND WIZARDS: Please state your name and the name you wish to go by at this stage of your life.

LADY BELTANE: You are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

LADY BELTANE: Are able and willing to help the younger witches in our coven. Are you willing to sit on a council to help your high priestess make decisions for the coven?

ANSWER: Answer Yes or No Explain your answer to our coven and guests

LADY BELTANEYou are doing this by a choice you made for yourself without influence from anyone?

ANSWER: Yes or no. Explain your answer to the coven guests, please.

LADY BELTANE: Are able and willing to help the younger witches in our coven. Are you willing to sit on a council to help your high priestess make decisions for the coven?

ANSWER: Answer Yes or No Explain your answer to our coven and guests

 LADY BELTANE: I have already explained what this phase of your life can bring you so I will leave you with this one thought. “Do not think of this as the dying phase of your life think of this as the phase where you are old and wise enough to try new things, research topics you always wanted to know more about, and most of all enjoy the freedom that comes from being older and wiser than a maiden or young man or a mother or father. May the Gods and Goddesses bless you as you share your wisdom with those younger than yourselves. May you have many, many years in this phase of your life so if you have descendants you can watch and help them grow into people that take the responsibility for the things they chose to do in their lives be it good or bad. Crones, you have become elders in our coven and as such your place in our circle is now behind and to the right of the altar. Wizards you have become elders in our coven as such your place in our circle is now behind and to the left of the altar.

WICCANING

LADY BELTANE: We will now begin the Wiccaning ceremony. If it is your desire to have Lady Beltane call forth your maternal ancestors to help guide and protect you please type your name in. I will call you forward one at a time to do your Wiccaning for you.

LADY BELTANE:  I call upon _____ to come forward.

Is it your desire to have your maternal ancestors help guide and protect you as you walk your path in this lifetime?

ANSWER: Yes or No and stated the name of the maternal ancestor you wish for Lady Beltane to call into our circle to represent your maternal line back until the beginning of time

LADY BELTANE: _____ blood to blood _____ we call to thee  ______ blood to blood _____ come to me ______ blood to blood _______ we honor thee.

______ I present ______ to you to join your line for you to look after, guide and protect _____ So mote it be

The Person in Center: Type in So Mote it Be!

LADY BELTANE: You now have your maternal ancestors to call upon in times of happiness, sadness, and anything in between. To help you learn the spiritual and magickal path you are on as they probably walked a similar path when they walked in this plain. Blessed Be ______. You may go back into the circle.

To the Elder in this child’s life do you swear to love, protect, guide, and help them along their chosen spiritual and magickal path?

PARENT OR GRANDPARENT ANSWER: Yes or No

***Dawn you will stay in the circle while your adopted daughter’s Wiccaning is done. Stand next to her with an arm around her. After my blessing please give her one of your own if you would like to. Type in done when you are through.*** Anyone else having a Wiccaning for their child or grandchild please come to the center of the circle with them when I type in their name. Stand next to them with an arm around them. After my blessing please give her one of your own if you would like to. Type in done when you are through***

LADY BELTANE DISMISSES THE WATCHTOWERS: Facing the East – I release Air from the East Tower with our gratitude for lending us your power

Facing the South – I release Fire from the South Tower with our gratitude for lending us your power and protecting us.

Facing the West: I release Water from the West Tower with our gratitude for lending us your power and protecting us.

Facing the North: I release Earth from the North Tower with our gratitude for lending us your power and protecting us.

LADY BELTANE OPENS THE CIRCLE: Each time the circle is walked it is started at the West Cardinal Point 

With the Atheme pointed at the ground – I open this circle and dismiss the element of Fire with our thanks for keeping us safe

With the Atheme between waist and shoulder level – I open this circle and dismiss the element of Water with our thanks for keeping us safe

With the Atheme at head height – I open this circle and dismiss the element of AIr with our thanks for keeping us safe

Lady Beltane faces the North and bends down slightly – I dismiss the element of Earth to open this circle but not break it

Standing facing the altar – With hands raised palms downward bring them down in an arch first North and South then East and West – I dismiss the element of Spirit to open this circle but not to break it

Turning slowly in a clockwise direction “As above, so below. As within, so without. I transport us back from a place that has no time and is not a specific place. We have now returned to our physical plane.  (Sets Atheme on Altar)

EVERYONE: Raise your hand up above your head with palms facing down slowly lower your hands until they touch the floor giving Mother Earth all the extra energy raised tonight or this morning for her usage in whatever way she wants to. Then make a quarter turn and do the same thing again.

LADY BELTANE: I thank everyone for attending and making the evening more special for those that Jumped the Broom and/or had a Wiccaning done. Eat, Drink, and enjoy visiting with one another. Please remember to save your last sip and last bite to offer to the Great Mother Goddess and the Great Father God. Until we meet again may you all be blessed with positive things in your life.

Please stay as long as you like to visit with each other.

1 hour 20 minute with extras things added

Copyright 2019 Lady Beltane

No portion of these rituals can be used with out express permission from Lady Beltane.

 

 

Can We Help You to Teach Your Children and/or Descendants about The Craft?

One of our Elders thought, and I agree, that we should post a survey to help us help you to teach your children about The Craft. If you do not want to put your answers in a comment below please email them to covenlifescoven@gmail.com, please include your child’s age so we can post information by age groups. This whole idea of helping you to help your children learn is in the planning stages any ideas and/or suggestions to make it how you think will help our descendants to learn are very welcomed.

1. As pagan parents, would you like to see children’s activities posted on Coven Life?
2. What age groups would you recommend activities for?
3 – 4 years old (mostly coloring pages of the different Sabbats with a small paragraph on what the Sabbat is for)
5 – 6 years old (Coloring pages of the Sabbats and Moon Phases with a small paragraph in wording they can read themselves to bring about a dialogue about what they are learning)
7-10 years old (Printable Information delving deeper into Moon phases. Brief introduction to Sabbat and Esbat rituals)
11-14 years old (Information for considering following a Pagan path building on what they would learned above)
15 – 18 years old (Introductory information on what it means to follow the Old Ways of The Craft including an introduction to Gods, Goddesses, Spellwork, Rituals. The spell work and.or rituals would be geared for the young adult to help their parent, grandparent, or care taker to prepare a spell and how to set up an altar if wanted and what preparation goes into writing and doing a ritual.)
This is a way that a child or young adult can build an understanding of the magickal and spiritual sides of witchcraft/ It will also help prepare them to become a novice in our coven or just to have the knowledge to work better with the adults that are solitary practitioner.
3. What topics would you like to see addressed?
4. What type of activities?
5. What other suggestions would you have for children’s and young adult’s activities ?
Remember you can answer the questions in the comments or email your answers to covenlifescoven@gmail.com. If you have any questions or ideas about this project please ask or share your idea. We are willing to start any child or young adult of any age so please do not think your child would have to start as a preschooler. There is no charge as you will be able to use what we post to teach your child the way you follow The Craft. We are here just to answer questions or help in anyway we can. We will be posting things for the Northern and Southern Hemispheres at the appropriate times for Sabbats.

Lady Beltane is Sort of Back

Well found out to get my laptop fixed would cost almost as much as buying a new one. So while I save enough to buy my new laptop I will be using my tablet, that was cheaper to fix, to do posts. Only problem with this is I do not get all the same information I get with a computer for some of the daily posts. For example I do not get the current Moon phase details but as always there will be a link to click on to get this information. All posts will always have a link back to the website I get the information from if you want to use it to find out more details about the post or finish reading an article. Hopefully, I should have the money saved for my new laptop by Samhain/Beltane.

I have had an Acer and HP brands laptops. I really liked my Acer but as I am not very knowledgeable on computer hardware I am going to ask the tech savvy of you to recommend a laptop in the low $400.00 USD range. Please add an explanation that a kindergartener can understand. Thank you for helping me to find the best user friendly computer for my needs. I need it to be able to play DVD and CD, not be over 4 pounds/1814 grams, have a 14 to 15 inch/35.56 to 38.1 cm screen, built in webcam/microphone/speakers, latest Windows running format. Please do no recommend any Apple or that type of running format. While this “old gray mare” is willing to learn something new every day, I do not have the ambition to learn a totally different way a computers basics are set up. Hades, I never even turned a computer on until I was about 34 and had to take as college course as a requirement. The last 27 years I still don’t know much more, luckily the Lord and Lady blessed me with my youngest son who knows has way in and out of hardware and software. (side note for a chuckle picture around 1995– How many parents have the FBI knocking on there door because someone from that address hacked into the FBI mainframe? Well I did because my youngest had did that. Thank they gods and Goddesses all they want was my son to show them how he got in and possibly help in the begging. He was just 11 years old at this time.) If anyone in the US has a laptop in very good condition and works with Windows 10 as its start up program and is willing to sell it to me please send a picture and information about it, like how much RAM it has and how old the computer is etc to me at ladybeltane@aol.com . Thank you!

So starting tomorrow I will strive to giving hthe best I can do posting via my tablet. I as you to please bear with fewer, short posts for the next few months. Who knows may I’ll get a new laptop.

From my herat to yours thank you for your support! Namaste dear brothers and sisters.

Full Moon Esbat Gathering on July 16th.

This month we are going to try a musical/sharing circle instead of someone leading us in the types of Esbat rituals we have been doing in the past. After the circle is opened please let us know if you would enjoy doing some more a little out of the witch’s standard rituals for our Esbat gatherings. We would like to do more Esbat gatherings where everyone attending can participate, unless it is for an initiation.  So, to bring you the types or rituals and/or circles you want to learn more about we have to hear back from you to know what you want.  Yes, I am the Priestess, and we have one active Priestess, and also Adepts that write and lead rituals but this coven and the type of things you want to know more about the variety of things you can do in a circle is a very important part of your novice, adept, and priestess lessons. So, please let your fingers do the talk in the comments or if you feel more comfortable send your ideas via email to covenlifescoven@gmail.com. As long as a ritual you would like to see done does not involve any type of dark magick I or Priestess Hypatia will be happy to help you write and lead the ritual. It does not matter what course you are taking novice, adept, or priestess you can either comment below or send an email about a topic for a sacred circle. The only exception to leading a ritual is you have to have already done the novices lesson on “What is an Esbat and actually write and performing an Esbat ritual” for your novice course lessons. If you have not gotten that far in your studies yet you can still submit a topic for an Esbat circle.

Playing a specific song with or without lyrics and/or using a drum, maracas or any type percussion instrument that has a steady, rhythmical sound to it can help you to go from being in the mundane, hectic everyday world into place of peace, quiet, reflection, and center you for magickal workings or even bring more power to the magick and/or spell you are doing.

An inexpensive way to make a drum and reuse what would otherwise be thrown away (they cannot be recycled because of the wax coating they have on them) use an empty cylinder-shaped oatmeal box by putting the lid on it and hit it rhythmically. To decorate it if you want to here is one idea on how to do it: take some copy paper or whatever kind of solid color paper you have and glue it to cover the writing on the oatmeal container. Let it sit out in the open for about 24 hours to make sure the glue is completely dry. Then decorate your drum to reflect you and your magickal/spiritual journey you are on. For the one or two sticks you can use to drum with these too can be decorated. People usually use some runes craved into the sticks and/or you can attach a string with bead and/or real bird feathers on one end of them.

Don’t have to time to create your drum than you could by one or just use a plastic bowl and wooden spoon to hit it with. Or just hit to sticks together or clap your hands to the beat of the music.

WHEN:

TUESDAY, JULY 16, 2019

Socializing starts at 6:00 PM CDT

CIRCLE IS CAST AT 7:00 PM CDT

Please do not enter the chat after 7:00 PM CDT. Thank you!

WHERE: 

Coven Life’s Chatroom

WHAT YOU WILL NEED:

Something to use as a drum or percussion instrument

and/or enough room to dance around if you feel you want to

Sing along it doesn’t matter what your voice sounds like if you feel like sing with the song…go for it

A device that can play the “Grandmother” song found on youtube.com

Grandmother

A beverage for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

A small snack for yourself and as an offering to the esoteric Grandmother

RITUAL:

 

 

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunrises with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. I ask Luna to put us in a dome. I ask Earth to come up to meet Luna so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds.

EVERYONE: Please introduce yourself (first or Pagan name only) and tell us what state or country you are from

When everyone has their drum in hand and the video ready to play. Type in “ME” please.

LADY BELTANE will count down from 5 to 1. When she gets to 1 turn on the music and start getting the beat of your drum in time with the music and dance and sign or whatever you feel the Lord and Lady are leading you. Let your mind just wander wherever it wants to go. You may receive messages from your Spirit Guides and/or ancestors. If you do listen closely to what they say. This is also a type of meditation. When the song has ended, we will take a minute for those who went into a trance like state to fully come back.

LADY BELTANE: I will call on you one at a time to share the experience you had as you drummed and listen to the song.

EACH PERSON: Each when called upon to share will have between 2 to 3 minutes to share their experience in this circle. Lady Beltane ask that no one asks to be passed by when called upon to share. Every single persons experience is important and we may learn something new from you experience that we didn’t.

LADY BELTANE: I walk this circle three times three in the direction the sunsets with the Maiden and Lad , Mother and Father and the Crone and Sage along be side of me. Triple Goddess and God thank you for helping to protect us and joining our celebration this evening. I ask Luna to take the dome away above our heads. We thank you Luna for helping to protect us and joining our celebration  I ask Earth lower yourself so we reside in a bubble that is out of time and in between worlds. Earth thank you for your help in protecting us and joining our celebration. I have brought us back into the physical plane with reside in.

Our circle is open but never broken. I send each of you blessings of love, joy, harmony, and peace.

Time to visit drink your beverage and eat your snack. Remember to save a sip or to of your beverage and a bite or two of your snack to take outside to give an offering of thanks to the goddesses and gods that were with us this evening/morning

Mercury retrograde & Angel advice

Hello lovely people!  Happy Magickal Monday!

Yes, it’s Mercury retrograde time…..but it doesn’t always have to be bad.  If you watch the video, you’ll see what I mean.

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Bright Magickal Blessings to you and yours.

Namaste,

Victoria, the Silver Sage Witch of NewFound-Life.com ♥

 

 

 

 

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